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Before making this I did do a quick search. Nothing came up that I thought was too similar, but if I'm wrong I apologize.

What are some funny stories of people who think of something that they think will work, but ends up going hilariously wrong?
My dad told me this story during his graduate days in the 70s-80s. He was at a 4th of July party with a bunch of fellow graduates, most were studying some form of science. Well someone brought a pound of elemental sodium and proposed throwing it in a bucket of water to watch it burn up (small amounts of sodium burn up in the smallest exposures to moisture, they had a pound of it) My dad warned them saying it would explode, but no one listened. They put it in the bucket and it shot right out, 20 feet into the air before it landed sizzling on the grass.

They then put it back in the bucket and drove it to a nearby lake (they had someone holding the bucket outside the window so if it exploded they'd only lose a hand and not the whole car) When they got to the lake they threw it in and it immediatly glowed orange and smoke rolled off the top of the lake. The other people at the lake had mixed reactions. One group just got up and left, another asked them where they could get a pound of elemental sodium, and a last person with a look of awe on his face said, "They didn't even light it." They same group of people did this the next year. However the year after that the sodium shot up out of the lake and landed under the deck of a low brow bar. They then had to search under the deck very throughly because they were afraid some drunk would pee on it causing it to explode. They never found it, and after that they never did that again.

Another story:
Back in the 1970's there was a big dead whale washed up on the shore of some coastal town. They couldn't figure out how to move it so they decided to put half a ton of dynamite under it and explode it out to sea. Instead it rained whale blubber on the onlookers and news crew recording the event. A particularly huge chunk ended crushing some guys car.
Here's the actual news video of the exploding of the whale. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFwxH3PPWiU

So what are some funny stories you have of people with an idea that doesn't work out so well.
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lol, I remembered that whale news

at least they took care of it for me, no need to try myself.
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Sadly, I don't have any stories yet. I'll try to look for one.
But I lol'd at the Whale.
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Nakapagpabagabag wrote:

Sadly, I don't have any stories yet. I'll try to look for one.
But I lol'd at the Whale.

Did you watch the video?
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Wow.. that's so sad. >.<
Genius.
Reminds of me of the movie "hancock" when he threw the whale and it landed on a ship. XD lol
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Posted 8/30/08 , edited 8/30/08

artgeek707 wrote:


Nakapagpabagabag wrote:

Sadly, I don't have any stories yet. I'll try to look for one.
But I lol'd at the Whale.

Did you watch the video?


EDIT: Done.
Poor car. D:
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i just got no time2 read them all...lol..too long!~..make a summary of it though!~
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i feel sorry for the whale getting blown to smithereens!
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Posted 8/30/08 , edited 8/30/08

GollyBype wrote:

i just got no time2 read them all...lol..too long!~..make a summary of it though!~


Are you kidding me?
It's only 3 paragraphs. And there are two different stories within those three paragraphs. O_O
Read the last paragraph. That's as short as it's going to get.

edit to below:
For crying out loud... -__-;
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Posted 8/30/08

Kippu wrote:


GollyBype wrote:

i just got no time2 read them all...lol..too long!~..make a summary of it though!~


Are you kidding me?
It's only 3 paragraphs. And there are two different stories within those three paragraphs. O_O
Read the last paragraph. That's as short as it's going to get.


nvm need 2 play crunchyland..lol

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Posted 8/30/08 , edited 8/30/08
EDIT:^LMAO!!!!!

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i feel sorry for the whale getting blown to smithereens!


It was already dead, and it actually got blown into chunks
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Posted 8/30/08
Ive seen the whale story on tv a few years back.. i dont actually think it was a bright idea, its result should have been expected. Well maybe if they anticipated the way the chunks of meat would fall down, they could have modified the positioning of the bombs and the result could have been different.
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artgeek707 wrote:

It was already dead, and it actually got blown into chunks


u get wot i mean. if u was dead, do u want to get blown to bits still?
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Posted 8/30/08

cheestrings wrote:


artgeek707 wrote:

It was already dead, and it actually got blown into chunks


u get wot i mean. if u was dead, do u want to get blown to bits still?


Would I feel it? To tell the truth I feel more sorry for the guy who's car got crushed. Imagine trying to file an insurance claim for that.
Posted 8/30/08

artgeek707 wrote:

Would I feel it? To tell the truth I feel more sorry for the guy who's car got crushed. Imagine trying to file an insurance claim for that.


he can use the video clip as evidence. anyways, it looks like shit car!
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